Instead of changing the pace of a bitter controversy that has occupied the entire weekend, Alberto Núñez Feijóo opened Monday with the same controversy with the Government, initially with the intention of clarifying his words.
The leader of the PP has reiterated today his complaint that the Executive "manipulates" his statements, for interpreting in his criticism this Saturday that La Moncloa "pays homage to autocratic regimes" that he was referring to the Ibero-American Summit, which was held at Same time.
But at the same time, Feijóo has redoubled the bet in his regret for the treatment he receives as head of the opposition, accusing the Government of acting like "a totalitarian regime" due to its relationship with the PP.
The President of the Government and the leader of the opposition faced each other this weekend in the framework of the celebration of the Ibero-American Summit attended by Pedro Sánchez and King Felipe VI.
From Santo Domingo, the head of the Executive raised his tone at the end of the summit, outraged with the leader of the PP, who in an act on Saturday with Hispanic American citizens living in Spain, together with the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, he had accused the president of paying "homage to autocrats."
"And that is why I feel very proud to be with the Spanish-American people and I do not miss meeting with some leaders of the Spanish-American nations," Feijóo said.
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The Government quickly interpreted that the PP was criticizing the presence of the president in that fundamental meeting of Spanish diplomacy, something that the popular ones denied.
Sanchez was very direct.
“It is an unfortunate statement.
These summits have been held for more than three decades.
And the head of state participates in them.
There is no better representation than that.
Feijóo's insolvency and bad faith is quite surprising.
He has been leading the PP for more than a year.
It is surprising that he has not been able to fill these knowledge gaps by forming teams that inform him about the history of the summits”, criticized the president.
Hours after Feijóo's statement, the person in charge of International Affairs of the popular, Esteban González Pons, maintained that Feijóo was not alluding to the summit, but only intended to criticize "the condescension of the Government with different oppressive regimes."
However, in the same act of Feijóo in Madrid, before this clarification occurred, González Pons himself had made a clear reference to the summit and to the usual family photo: "Tomorrow in the press there will be two photographs: Pedro Sánchez will you will see with a couple of dictators;
You will see Almeida, Ayuso and Feijóo with the lovers, children and heirs of freedom, ”he said.
The PP campaign spokesman, Borja Sémper, has avoided specifying this Monday, to questions from journalists, which two satraps González Pons was referring to.
With this precedent, Feijóo has insisted this Monday that the Government misrepresented his words.
"Have no doubt that of course we support this and all the Latin American summits and the presence of the Spanish Government and of course the Head of State, His Majesty the King," said the leader of the PP at an informative breakfast at the Ritz hotel in the capital.
"But I insist, we are not going to support paying homage to autocratic regimes in the last four years with which some are unfortunately more comfortable," he reiterated, although this time emphasizing a more open time frame, "the last four years".
Feijóo has redoubled the commitment of his strategy to get out of the clash with the Government, now accusing him of treating the opposition undemocratically.
“What the government is doing against the opposition is unprecedented and unheard of, more typical of totalitarian regimes than democratic ones.
It is part of a line of authoritarian drift and control of the institutions and puts the foundations of democracy at risk ”, he complained this Monday.
Some popular leaders privately interpret that Feijóo has tried to rectify today after a compromised statement this weekend, because the problem with interpreting a questioning of the Ibero-American Summit is that King Felipe VI was also present there, whom the PP leader has cited this Monday twice to support him.
After his speech at the informative breakfast, Feijóo has continued to qualify his words about the summit and the Government in statements to journalists and has underlined his respect for the King.
“I regret that the Government does not respect the truth.
We will continue to support and respect the King, as far as we could go ”, he stated, before specifying for the first time who he was referring to when he spoke of the Government paying homage to autocrats.
Feijóo has also detailed later that when he spoke of the Government in general he was referring to members of Podemos and former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
"What is not normal is that the top leaders of Podemos and a former general secretary of the PSOE [Zapatero] maintain this relationship of dozens of meetings and constant relations and that the Government of the PSOE and UP try to say that the PP is against the Ibero-American Summit.
I think they should apologize.
It's a slander."
In the leadership of the PP they are aware of how slippery it was to make these criticisms while the Ibero-American Summit was taking place, with the presence of the King, and that the Government is going to tickle them with each statement, as part of the political dispute in years electoral and when there are only two months left for the regional and municipal elections.
But in public, the PP accuses the Executive of excessive belligerence against his party, which Feijóo has even said that he seeks to "destroy" the opposition.
At the same time, the PP is not far behind in the harshness of its criticism and the popular leader has started the week accusing La Moncloa of acting like a "totalitarian regime", being immersed in an "authoritarian drift" and "putting The foundations of democracy are at risk.
Feijóo denounces that the Government wants to "destroy the opposition"
The PP complains of the "extremely bellicose and harsh attitudes of the Government" against its party, but it does not skimp on belligerence in its criticism of the Executive either.
The popular leader, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, who has questioned in recent days in Brussels and in Spain the pension reform agreed with the unions, has stated that the Government wants to "destroy the opposition" and is in a "line of drift authoritarian and control of the institutions", in addition to "putting the foundations of democracy at risk".
Feijóo has reacted in this way due to La Moncloa's response to his criticism that he "paid homage to Latin American autocrats".
This weekend, in the act that she shared with Feijóo in Madrid, the Madrid president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, maintained that "the Sánchez government is sustained in coalition with those who went to America to plan with the narco-dictators how to take away their freedom to its citizens".
Ayuso also accused the "Government of liberticides", in reference to the Spanish progressive coalition, of multiplying "without scruples" the nationalizations of Hispanic American citizens in an election year, and described it as a "Government in coalition with those who carried out terror throughout Spain to break it and put an end to democracy", in reference to some agreements signed by the Executive with Bildu.
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